Exams: Tips For Staying Organised & Motivated

Firstly I would like to apologise for not posting for a year now (oops..) I think it’s safe to say I’ve had a lot going on, from sitting my GCSE’S to turning 16 (with results day still to come)  there has been much to keep up with as well as so much I have learnt that I would like to share with you.

Having had almost 2 weeks of school off already (and 2 months of summer still to go!)  I have been able to clear my head and reflect on my life in this past year which has been stressful to say the least. However, you can definitely be expecting many more blog posts on the way (a much more different variety of posts too)

Now having gone through the process of my very first major examinations it wasn’t nearly as daunting as it was tiring and by the end of my examinations I was more than used to the exam environment. During my 1 month ordeal of exams I came to realise that the pre-examination period was the most nerve racking than the process of sitting the actual exams (at least for me anyway).

I also came to realise that one huge part of sitting exams & preparing for them was organisation (one which I was never great at but am progressively getting better at) when it came to exam time I had organised all of my revision materials e.g. notes, cue cards, and revision booklets for each subject so that when it came to revising for each subject I would not be fumbling through the sea of letters and notes beside my bed(and trust me there were A LOT) in order to obtain what I needed.

Aside from that I’ve also learnt that  motivation also plays a huge part in sitting exams and by the last 2 weeks this had greatly diminished and to be perfectly honest what was keeping me motivated the most was the long awaited 2 month holiday.

Starting my work and revision early was definitely the best decision I made as it not only saved me a lot of time but a lot of worrying in the process. One really important thing that helped me was to take every exam as it comes and not to think too far about the later exams as you are most likely to lose focus from your current exams and stress you out.

Finding a revision routine or pattern for remembering information is also extremely helpful as by working this out in advance you can apply it to all your subjects to improve your performance and figure out what works best for you for example a few revision techniques could be:

  • Highlighting/ colour coding notes or words
  • putting notes into a pattern
  • rewriting and condensing information (maybe into cue cards)
  • Recording notes and listening back to them
  • saying notes out loud
  • Getting family members to test you (this is important so that it sticks in your memory)
  • LOTS OF PAST PAPERS and checking them with mark schemes
  • Analysing marks schemes to check the structure of your answers (this can help to formulate the perfect answer to long questions)
  • Study groups with friends (this divides revision up and makes it slightly more bearable)
  • Dividing info into chunks

And because I am a visual learner my personal favourite was to either draw out diagrams, formulating links between information, and watching some YouTube videos in which people explain certain areas or simply just supply notes on screen for you to read. (remember this technique is unlikely to work for everyone)

So if you are taking your GCSES next year, GOOD LUCK 🙂 and make sure you prepare well and get organised in advance but don’t stress too much and make sure you keep healthy, hydrated and look after yourself and make sure you get enough rest as this can affect your exam performance, but most importantly as long as you’ve tried your best you are sure to do great!

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Summer Fun

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Summer! The most awaited holiday of the year. When we’ve said Bon Voyage to our old school books, our holiday heads have been put into gear, and our school bags have been left out of sight until we return to them again at the dreadful start of the new year, when we have almost forgotten how to count in the 6 delightful weeks away from school.

It has been barely a week since the beginning of my exciting and fun-filled summer holiday, and I have already done more shopping than I had done in the entirety of last year, not to mention the amount of walking too! I think it’s safe to say that I have most definitely been “snap happy” with my new DSLR camera since my friend paid a visit I’ve been dying to capture every single moment of everyday whenever I get the chance, (quite frankly annoying everyone else.) When we are not wrestling each other to the ground in order to retrieve are phones from each other (to avoid the escaping of any secrets that may lie deep in our phones) or when we are not showing off our comical “dabbing” dance moves, or bursting out into spontaneous karaoke sessions when our favourite songs play in the car, we are usually busy capturing the moments of our ventures, with the few days of pleasant weather on our side (with the occasional downpour of rain now and then) reminds me of how great summer can be!

Taking Chances

Today I am going to be sharing with you something that I feel really resonates with me.

Taking chances. This is something that most of us don’t talk about, share, or even do.

Now pay attention to the last word, why don’t we take chances, risks, or even go out of our comfort zone?

This is something that I hadn’t asked myself or thought about either, until very recently. I have always been the type of person to shy away from things and most of the time not pursue any ambitions that I have, I never really motivated myself as I was so worried of failing or not being able to reach the goal that I gave up before even trying.

Recently something has changed in my mind, I’m not sure what that is, but I’m definitely not complaining! It’s as if something finally clicked in my brain or that I have formed into my alter ego. Making a Blog or sharing my life online is never something the “old me” would have done, but I finally decided to put myself out there, and even though its only been 4 days since I’ve started my blog, I can whole heart-idly say that its one of the best decisions I’ve made. It has given me a chance to share my thoughts with people rather than bottle them up.

Although these sound like very simple things to do, being a shy and introvert person this is definitely something I wouldn’t usually do, I guess I just decided to “live” for once.

Remember, don’t look back until you’ve reached the end, so you can see how far you’ve come.

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Sometimes all we need a straight forward reminder so we don’t lose track of where we’re heading.

For a while all I cared about was what other people thought of me and what people would say or think of me. “If I did that they would judge me” or “What if they find out about my blog” what will they think of me.

But take it from me, whats really important is what YOU think of yourself.

Don’t doubt just do.

You maybe only one push away from the top of the mountain ❤

 

Life Through A Lens

I have always thoroughly enjoyed writing and I am a huge photography enthusiast (as well as all things Beauty, Fashion & Life related of course) I find it so fascinating how all the finer details of one specific object can be explored through nothing more than a camera lens, and capturing those moments is like stopping time itself.

Through the hustle & bustle of our everyday lives we never get to fully appreciate the beauty of the world around us (no matter how cheesy that may sound) and I feel that if people were to just take a minute and stop to admire the little details perhaps we wouldn’t be as stressed, rushed or even grumpy for that matter! Perhaps that is the reason I love photography so much, expressing my passion in a way that words can’t.

The world would be a much better place if people took the time to immerse themselves into reality instead of  in the world of technology. Although writing a blog with my nose in a computer screen for 30 minutes isn’t exactly “embracing nature” but sharing my thoughts and being able to ramble on for hours on end while not having to worry about life is something that I definitely needed!